The Devil’s Strategy

Millions today profess to hate, abhor, shun and reject the devil because they know he is their enemy. They say, “I don’t worship him, I don’t obey him.” But alas! They are directly being controlled by this arch-enemy of the Light. Friend, if you discover that you are under him, please don’t wait to think. Flee for refuge!

I need not tell you he is wicked. He makes you serve him and later kills you. Jesus said of him in John 10:10, “The thief (the devil) cometh not, but for to steal, to kill and to destroy…”

Text: 2 Corinthians 2:11; John 3:3-5; Isaiah 55:1-8

He comes gently to you to do his evil business either in your room when you are alone, in your place of work when you are signing the attendance register, on the street when you see a lady, in the bus with the conductor, in the class during examination, in the office when he tells you to say that you are married (when you are not) so as to receive double leave grant, or in the hospital with the doctor as you plan to abort a pregnancy. Whichever method he uses, he has his aim – to capture you and get you to that other end – HELL.

His chief method is deceit. He doesn't want you to know that there is a dangerous pit at the end of the sinner’s life’s journey. Remember, he is a lot older than 6000 years; he is a lot older than man. So he is wiser and has more experience than you. Do you care about your soul? Then read on.

If you were the President of a country at war with a neighboring country, and during one of your visits to the war-front, you were deceived into the enemy’s camp, what would you do at the least chance of escape? Linger on for a chat or escape? Escape, or course! The devil’s business in your life is to deceive you into a false hope of heaven. He makes you walk confidently on mats spread over a deep, dangerous pit, and blinds your eyes to the fact that underneath lies a raging, angry and unquenchable lake of fire, burning with brimstone.

Are you a business man, private or public? Or do you work in an organization somewhere? And you are totally given over to the progress of your office? You just want money? Isn't that? Listen! You have a soul that cannot die. When that soul departs from your body, then you become a dead person. But where does your soul go?

“As it is appointed unto men ONCE to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Everyone involved in stealing, lying, murder (including abortion), fornication, adultery, idolatry, pride, wickedness, hatred, covetousness, envy, drinking of alcohol, gossiping and so on will be judged! To escape then will be utterly impossible.

You think that your regular attendance of church services, confirmation, baptism, fasting, giving of alms and offerings, and probably buying some equipment for the church or mosque puts you on a safe ground because your righteousness outweighs your unrighteousness? That’s deceit! You are heading to the other side – HELL, because nothing that defiles shall enter into heaven (Revelation 21:27). Do you care about your soul? Stop and think!

Be startled! You are in the devil’s net. You are fast sliding into horrible hell on a church pew. But do you know that God loves you more than you love Him? That is why He is revealing to you that your good moral life and the very best you can do can never and will never please God, for all our righteousness are like filthy rags in His sight (Isaiah 64:6).

You might have stopped attending church services because you discovered that your pastor or priest is a hypocrite, he drinks and commits sin with women secretly. In fact, he has children born to him outside wedlock. Now, you have concluded that as long as you love God and you love your neighbor as yourself (the golden rule), you’ll surely make heaven. Sorry, you are yet in his net, because you also bound in your sins. Or perhaps you have stopped because you are bored with the things done in the church. You only believe in God, heaven and hell.

Nevertheless, you are presently bound by the chains of alcohol, firmly gripped by the destructive power of smoking and really wallowing in the mire of fornication and adultery. You cannot but attend parties and visit film houses and your way out of trouble is to tell lies. But your hope is “I will be saved someday.” Your condition is greatly to be pitied. You are yet in his net! Read on.

There is only ONE way of escape for you, and this only way of escape from false and muddled beliefs into which the devil has successfully deceived you is JESUS CHRIST (John 14:6). And He (JESUS) was manifested to destroy all the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).

You must be BORN AGAIN (John 3:3). You must have the salvation experience. It does not mean baptism, confirmation or taking of sacraments. It is TRANSFORMATION – a sudden and definite change of your life in JESUS. You become a new creature, old things pass away, and all things become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

This is the only way of escape from eternal damnation for the businessman, doctor, accountant, student, church-enthusiast, Muslim and the free-thinker. Allow Christ to destroy all the works (deceit and sin) of the devil in your life. He will wash you in His blood, the devil will take his hands off you and you will no more be under his dominion.

Run into the arms of Jesus now! It is not too late for you, Jesus loves you. Today is the day of your deliverance. Will you pray? If not, why not? Confess your sins, forsake them, and ask for pardon. Remember that God is faithful and just to forgive and to cleanse you from all your sins. Believe now and thank Him!

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